Featured Wilderness: Pasayten Wilderness, Okanogan Washington

The Pasayten wilderness lies right on the United States-Canadian border, and shares its western border with North Cascades National Park. Featuring some of the most beautiful mountains (my opinion) in the United States, the wilderness is home to Black and some grizzly bear, elk, wolf, and the largest population on lynx in the lower forty eight states. In addition, the northern most portion of the PCT runs through this great expanse of terrain. When hiking there this past summer, I found that some trails had fallen trees over them, but for the most part the trails are manageable despite not receiving as much attention as the other national parks in Washington. I highly recommend summiting a few peaks while there, however most do not have trails to the summits so they may require bushwhacking. I summited Nanny Goat mountain (7400+ feet), after a treacherous rock scramble that involved kicking piles of scree down the steep pitch that led to a beautiful summit with a sparsely filled summit log nestled in a giant cairn. The Pasayten wilderness is a great alternative to hiking in the crowded Washington national parks that features beautiful views and great solitude.